Peter Wintonick
NFB Peter Wintonick

The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival -- honoring the memory of the late Peter Wintonick -- has renamed its Audience Award for a foreign feature documentary The Peter Wintonick Award.

The festival noted that Wintonick attended the first edition of TDF and was a regular ever since, never having missed a single one of its 15 editions.

"He was a faithful friend and staunch supporter of the TDF, as well as a mentor to many of the young filmmakers bringing their work to Thessaloniki," the festival said. "The Peter Wintonick Audience Award is the TDF tribute to this great man, a small token of gratitude and honor for his work and personality."

Wintonick -- a filmmaker, journalist, festival programmer and mentor who was a beloved presence in the international documentary film world -- passed away Monday in Montreal, Canada. Indiewire's initial report of his death brought an outpouring of love in the comments section, including notes from his family and collaborators.